Seeking for Meaning
It seems that as human beings we innately have the desire to seek meaning in our lives. To know that our life will not go unnoticed. To leave our marks on the world.
As said in "Shall We Dance" (2004) starring Jennifer Lopez and Richard Gere: "We need a witness to our lives. There's a billion people on the planet... I mean, what does any one life really mean? But in a marriage, you're promising to care about everything. The good things, the bad things, the terrible things, the mundane things... all of it, all of the time, every day. You're saying 'Your life will not go unnoticed because I will notice it. Your life will not go un-witnessed because I will be your witness.'" - Beverly Clark (Gere's wife in the movie)
This is why I blog about hearts. Because I want to share a little bit of the meaning I have found in a lasting and personal relationship with God. I want to inspire readers to see miracles, to dream big and to ask God for the impossible.
Mark 10:27 : "Jesus looked at them and said, 'With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.'
Mark 11:24: Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
Hearts and more hearts
Recently, to my astonishment, I discovered that I am not the only one who is graced by the presence of hearts and feels the need to tell the world about it.
Last year, while living in Virginia, I came across a book at a store in Alexandria about hearts called, "See a Heart, Share a Heart" by Eric Telchin. I loved the idea as I had been collecting hearts for a few years myself.
Recently, I heard from a woman at church that a well-known actress who has been the star of many of the romantic comedies I watched in my teens-Drew Barrymore-also just published a book on a decade's worth of hearts this year.
After realizing my game of hearts was not in fact as unique as previously thought, I felt a bit sad. Almost as if my idea had lost its luster. But, then I realized that while Barrymore's hearts inspire her because of "the way the continuous line accomplishes the most extraordinary thing--it conveys love," and Telchin's hearts "may bring good luck, prosperity and even true love. At their most basic level, these hearts are a reminder of the love that surrounds us all," I see my hearts as a direct act by God.
To me these hearts don't just appear out of nowhere. They appear at just that right moment, when I need encouragement, a boost of faith, to be reminded I am loved when I feel unloveable, or that I can indeed persevere….through whatever life throws my way. When God sends me a heart he is having a conversation with me. He is reminding me that, He, the Creator of the universe, notices ME. He is the witness to my life even if no one else chooses to notice. And He is the most important one.
Psalm 139:14: "I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well."
I have found that during some of the harder days, I see more hearts. It's as if God himself is pacifying me and romancing me all at the same time. I hope you will start to see hearts (or something else that is special between you and the Creator), and feel personally kissed by God. Just remember God is the witness to your life, even when you may feel small or insignificant.
Isaiah 49:15: “Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you!"
"You have searched me, Lord,
and you know me.
2 You know when I sit and when I rise;
you perceive my thoughts from afar.
3 You discern my going out and my lying down;
you are familiar with all my ways.
4 Before a word is on my tongue
you, Lord, know it completely.
5 You hem me in behind and before,
and you lay your hand upon me."
I have been collecting hearts since 2009, when I cut my toe and it bled into a heart. I had just moved to Milwaukee after what I recall being the most emotional summer of my life-described in my first post. I very much felt like Milwaukee was a promised land of sorts and an answer to many cries to God I had made that summer from the corner of my bedroom.
Why I blog about hearts?
To me, it's a simple equation.
If a+b=c, then if "all you need is love" and "God is love", then all you need is God.
1 John 4:8: Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.
Ecclesiastes 3:11: "He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end."
Think about that again. Could God be the answer to all life's most probing questions and our heart's deepest aches? I have found God to be the answer in my life. When nothing makes sense, when medical mysteries remain a mystery despite all of the science in the world, there is something more. A nagging. A burden on my heart. A small, still voice. An intuitive feeling or a heart in a random place. Something more is out there: a force, a being, energy, or mother nature. I see this as none other than God himself.
And your life will not go unnoticed, because God will take notice. Today and every day after that.
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